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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Saginaw County, Michigan

Clickable Map of Saginaw County, Michigan and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Saginaw County, MI (49) Bay County, MI (33) Genesee County, MI (155) Gratiot County, MI (16) Midland County, MI (17) Shiawassee County, MI (43) Tuscola County, MI (34)  SaginawCounty(49) Saginaw County (49)  BayCounty(33) Bay County (33)  GeneseeCounty(155) Genesee County (155)  GratiotCounty(16) Gratiot County (16)  MidlandCounty(17) Midland County (17)  ShiawasseeCounty(43) Shiawassee County (43)  TuscolaCounty(34) Tuscola County (34)
Saginaw is the county seat for Saginaw County
Adjacent to Saginaw County, Michigan
      Bay County (33)  
      Genesee County (155)  
      Gratiot County (16)  
      Midland County (17)  
      Shiawassee County (43)  
      Tuscola County (34)  
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1 Michigan, Saginaw County, Burt — L406 — Burt Opera House / Wellington R. Burt
Burt Opera House In 1888, this settlement was named in honor of Wellington R. Burt, the lumber tycoon who arranged for the Cincinnati, Saginaw and Mackinaw Railroad to run through this village. During his 1888 gubernatorial campaign, Burt . . . Map (db m180508) HM
2 Michigan, Saginaw County, Burt — L494 — St. Paul's Episcopal Mission
In the 1860s and 1870s Scottish, Irish and English immigrants, attracted by the lumber boom, settled in Taymouth Township. In 1873 they established St. Paul's Episcopal Mission and the following year built this Gothic Revival-inspired church. The . . . Map (db m180505) HM
3 Michigan, Saginaw County, Burt — Taymouth Township Veterans Memorial
Side A To all that served to keep our nation free Side B In honor of our veterans past, present and futureMap (db m201436) WM
4 Michigan, Saginaw County, Chesaning — L1035 — George Nason House
(Side 1) George M. Nason (1859-1929) built this house in 1907-08. The Nason family had emigrated from Northampton, England, to Buffalo, New York, in 1832. George’s father, Robert (1831-1907), came to Chesaning in 1852 and engaged in . . . Map (db m180643) HM
5 Michigan, Saginaw County, Chesaning — L1432 — Leamington Stewart House
Leamington and Madeline Stewart built this Queen Anne house in 1895-97. The house was based on Design No. 53 in George F. Barber’s The Cottage Souvenir No. 2, a pattern book published in 1891. Barber advertised the house’s cost at $5,250. . . . Map (db m180641) HM
6 Michigan, Saginaw County, Frankenmuth — A Rich History, A Precious ResourceHistorical Facts
  • The Chippewa Indians prior to the arrival of European settlers, referred to the Cass river as "The River of the Hurons."
  • "All Indian trails in the valley centered about where the city of Saginaw now stands. Land and canoe . . . Map (db m206547) HM
7 Michigan, Saginaw County, Frankenmuth — L1729 — Frankenmuth / Saint Lorenz Evangelical Lutheran Church
Frankenmuth The settlement of Frankenmuth and the organization of Saint Lorenz Evangelical Lutheran Church occurred simultaneously. Pastor Wilhelm Loehe of Neuendettelsau, Bavaria, was inspired to establish a German Lutheran colony by . . . Map (db m168040) HM
8 Michigan, Saginaw County, Frankenmuth — 1577 — Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn
Side A: The village of Frankenmuth began as a German community in 1845. Its first settlers were among the German immigrants who left their homeland because of poor farming conditions and political unrest. Frankenmuth also attracted people . . . Map (db m156446) HM
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9 Michigan, Saginaw County, Frankenmuth — Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn RestaurantMichigan Centennial Business
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant founded in 1888 for more than 100 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for . . . Map (db m101555) HM
10 Michigan, Saginaw County, Frankenmuth — Frankenmuth Woolen MillMichigan Centennial Business
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of Frankenmuth Woolen Mill Founded in 1894 for more than 100 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for contributing to . . . Map (db m101549) HM
11 Michigan, Saginaw County, Frankenmuth — Gugel Bridge
While W. Christian Gugel (1874-1930) was the treasurer of Saginaw County (1915-1920), he used his influence to ensure that the Dixie Hwy. Bridge was moved to span the Cass River at the Beyer Rd. location near his farm. Because of his efforts it . . . Map (db m121627) HM
12 Michigan, Saginaw County, Frankenmuth — L2168 — Gugel Bridge Reported missing
Side 1 Built in 1904, this 204-foot-long bridge carried the Detroit and Saginaw Turnpike over the Cass River in Bridgeport Township. By around 1919 the pike, which had become the well-traveled Dixie Highway, required a more substantial . . . Map (db m181462) HM
13 Michigan, Saginaw County, Frankenmuth — Marv Herzog Fest PlatzDedicated August 9, 2001
Marv Herzog, a proud native son, promoted Frankenmuth and its German/Bavarian heritage for over 56 years throughout the USA and Europe with his unique style as a polk accordionist, band leader and as one of its key ambassadors of goodwill. . . . Map (db m206518) HM
14 Michigan, Saginaw County, Frankenmuth — 170 — Michigan's German Settlers
Fifteen German immigrants from Franconia, Bavaria, led by the Rev. August Craemer, founded Frankenmuth in 1845. They were advised to settle here by the Rev. Frederick Schmid, Lutheran pastor of Ann Arbor's German colony, founded in the 1820's. Other . . . Map (db m92070) HM
15 Michigan, Saginaw County, Frankenmuth — Michigan's Oldest Woolen Mill
A Michigan Centennial Business, the Frankenmuth Woolen Mill is recognized as the oldest, continuously operated woolen mill in Michigan. The original mill structure is still in use and remains the same today as when first opened in October of 1894. A . . . Map (db m168214) HM
16 Michigan, Saginaw County, Frankenmuth — Rau's Country Store Recalls Bygone Era
Oscar and Evelyn Rau (left panel) Originally established as the Hotel Goetz in 1902, Rau's Country Store, Inc. has been a family favorite since 1964. Oscar and Evelyn started Rau's Country Store, Inc. as Michigan's Most Unique Country . . . Map (db m181456) HM
17 Michigan, Saginaw County, Frankenmuth — Site of St. Lorenz Frame Church
Erected 1852 Enlarged 1864 In use until 1880 Four corner markers designate corners of 40 ft. x 74 ft. building.Map (db m201435) HM
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18 Michigan, Saginaw County, Frankenmuth — Star of the West Milling CompanyMichigan Centennial Business
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of Star of the West Milling company Founded in 1870 For more than 100 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for . . . Map (db m120827) HM
19 Michigan, Saginaw County, Frankenmuth — S695 — Zehnder’s
Frankenmuth´s first restaurant, the Exchange Hotel, opened on this site in 1856. In 1900 John Hubinger built the New Exchange Hotel here. William Zehnder, Sr. and his wife, Emilie, acquired the restaurant in 1928. They remodeled the hotel in an . . . Map (db m168062) HM
20 Michigan, Saginaw County, New Lothrop — L1982 — Saint Michael Catholic Parish / Saint Michael Catholic Church and School
Saint Michael Catholic ParishJoseph Voith, a German Catholic originally from Bavaria, settled Maple Grove Township in 1854. His brother-in-law, George Henige, hosted Maple Grove’s first Catholic mass on April 17, 1865. Three other Bavarian . . . Map (db m180640) HM
21 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — L183 — Benjamin and Adelaide Cushway / The Cushway House
Benjamin and Adelaide Cushway Benjamin (1810-1881) and Adelaide (1812-1877) Cushway (formerly Cauchois) were prominent settlers in the Saginaw Valley. Both descended from early French-Canadian families of Detroit. Between 1827 and 1834, . . . Map (db m180583) HM
22 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — L2035 — Bliss Park
Aaron T. Bliss, governor of Michigan from 1900 to 1904, donated this parkland to the city of Saginaw in 1903. The Cottage Garden Company of Queens, New York, created an artistic plan that made the park seem larger than its actual size. The completed . . . Map (db m168081) HM
23 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — Bliss Park Soldiers Fountain Figure
This figure is the remaining part of a fountain given to the city by former Governor Aaron T. Bliss in 1902 and placed in Old Federal Park as a memorial to his comrades who fell in the battles of the Civil War. In 1936, prior to the . . . Map (db m181904) HM
24 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — Carl Cardwell Poston, Jr.
This monument is dedicated to Attorney Carl Cardwell Poston, Jr. for his outstanding public and private work in the city of Saginaw. Carl C. Poston, Jr. stood as a legal pioneer in the African American community and a professional giant in the . . . Map (db m181912) HM
25 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — Core Sample
The Court Street Bridge was built in 1898 and rebuilt in 1940 by W.J. Meagher of Bay City, Mich. Here lies an original piece of the bridge taken during the 1940 reconstruction. Samples were taken from each concrete load to ensure that all the . . . Map (db m182348) HM
26 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — L2039 — First Congregational Church
Members of the First Congregational Church of Saginaw formally gathered in 1857. They laid the cornerstone of this Romanesque Revival church in 1867, and the church was completed the following year according to plans by Gordon W. Lloyd of Detroit. . . . Map (db m180590) HM
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27 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — L2229 — First Presbyterian Church
The Reverend Hiram L. Miller and twelve others founded this church, the first in the Saginaw Valley, on March 1, 1838. They first worshiped at a carpentry shop on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Ames Street. The congregation erected a white . . . Map (db m168097) HM
28 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — Fort Saginaw
This tablet marks the site of Fort Saginaw built in 1822 Erected by Saginaw Federation of Women's Clubs and Daughters of the American Revolution in 1916Map (db m181840) HM
29 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — Fred J. Borchard Park
This park is dedicated in honor of Judge Borchard's more than 50 years of service as a municipal judge, probate judge and circuit judge and in recognition as Michigan's longest serving jurist. His life has been one of unselfish effort, . . . Map (db m181952) HM
30 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — L585 — Hess School
Spaulding Township was organized in 1858. Thirteen years later, Peter and Orissa Hess deeded this site to the first school district of the township for the sum of ten dollars. That structure was replaced in 1915. Ten years later, fire destroyed the . . . Map (db m180572) HM
31 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — L2304 — Hoyt Park Shelter and Field House
Local architect Donald A. Kimball designed this shelter and field house in 1938. Funded by the federal Works Progress Administration, it incorporated Bay Port stone from the razed Darmstaetter Brewery located at the south end of the park. With . . . Map (db m180588) HM
32 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — L2244 — Jeffers Park
(Side 1) The Jeffers Memorial Fountain and Park was dedicated on May 30, 1906, and named for real estate developer and early Saginaw settler Michael Jeffers (1831-1904). His heirs donated the land, then a block of storefronts, to the . . . Map (db m180599) HM
33 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — L921 — Presbyterian Church of South Saginaw
Begun in 1865 as a Sunday School for children of this area, the Presbyterian Church of South Saginaw was formally organized on November 10, 1866. Shortly afterwards, the congregation purchased a small building on the corner of Washington and . . . Map (db m180579) HM
34 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — L290 — Saginaw Club
Organized April 18, 1889, the club's membership was comprised of most of the leading business and civic figures of Saginaw. One of the first items of business was preparation for a club house. Architect W.T. Cooper furnished plans, and ground was . . . Map (db m180593) HM
35 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — Saginaw County Veterans Memorial
In Honor And Memory Of Those From Saginaw County Who Have Honorably Served Our Great Nation During Time Of War And Peace May Their Sacrifices Never Be ForgottenMap (db m182347) WM
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36 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — S671 — Saginaw Oil Industry
“Oil men optimistic as first well shot, shows results,” reported the August 29, 1925, edition of the Saginaw News. Michigan’s first oil field had been discovered the previous week at this site, known as Deindorfer Woods. The Saginaw . . . Map (db m168080) HM
37 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — L125 — Saginaw Post Office
(Side 1) In 1889, at the urging of Saginaw Congressman (later governor) Aaron Bliss, the Congress appropriated one hundred thousand dollars for the construction of a new federal building in Saginaw. During the next several years the . . . Map (db m180597) HM
38 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — L415 — Saginaw Valley Lumbering Era
The Saginaw River Watershed has been crucial in the development of Michigan. In the 1830s when white settlers moved into the area, they discovered the rich timberlands and hundreds of miles of rivers, providing an excellent base for lumbering which . . . Map (db m168087) HM
39 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — L289 — St. Mary's Hospital
The need for medical facilities in fast-growing Saginaw valley led Father Francis Van der Bom and Dr. Benjamin B. Ross to organize support for a hospital. It opened with the arrival of four Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul on August 22, . . . Map (db m180625) HM
40 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — L2040 — The Hoyt Library
The Saginaw Evening News declared the Hoyt Library "a noble institution" and "the pride of all Saginawians" when it opened in October 1890. The library was a gift to the people of Saginaw from New York businessman Jesse Hoyt (1815-1882), who . . . Map (db m180603) HM
41 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — S669 — Theodore H. Roethke Childhood Home / Theodore H. Roethke
Theodore H. Roethke Childhood Home Distinguished poet Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) was born in Saginaw and grew up in this house. The house was built around 1911 for his parents, Otto and Helen Roethke. Otto's borther Carl lived . . . Map (db m106656) HM
42 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — Treaty of Saginaw
On this spot on the 24th day of September, A.D. 1819 General Lewis Cass made and executed a Treaty with Chippewa Indians of Saginaw by which they ceded the largest part of their lands situated in Northeastern Michigan to the . . . Map (db m182296) HM
43 Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw — Woodland Trail
Woodland Trail — right side, top left panel [Trail map] Bottomland Hardwood Forest — right side, top right panel Less than 2 percent of Michigan's forests are forested wetlands, yet they provide . . . Map (db m206452) HM
44 Michigan, Saginaw County, St. Charles — 8" Howitzer
Maximum Range: 18 miles with charge Pulled by an M4 prime mover. Same carriage as a 155mm Long . . . Map (db m181958) HM WM
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45 Michigan, Saginaw County, St. Charles — L2151 — Early St. Charles
In 1852 Hiram Davis built the first house in St. Charles here, at "the forks" of the Bad River. The log house measured 18 by 26 feet. Only rough trails existed at the time so goods were transported by canoe or raft or pack. Davis helped build the . . . Map (db m180382) HM
46 Michigan, Saginaw County, St. Charles — Local Historical Site
St. Charles Seventh Day Adventist Church, organized in 1860 by the Schaupp Bros. Charles, Adolph & Edward. The present building was built in 1862 for the price of $2,500.00, foundation was laid by Oscar Burt. The original key, a large gold one now . . . Map (db m182029) HM
47 Michigan, Saginaw County, St. Charles — S362 — Saginaw Valley Coal
Coal was first mined in Michigan in the 1830s in Jackson County, and that area led in production through the 1880s. In the next decade dozens of mines were opened in Bay, Saginaw, and Shiawasee counties, producing thousands of tons of coal annually. . . . Map (db m180658) HM
48 Michigan, Saginaw County, St. Charles — L877 — Schroeder House
In 1896 John Schroeder built this one and one-half story log home for his family on a farm about a mile west of Freeland. His son George resided there until 1968. Exhibiting hand-hewn, notched white pine logs, boarded gables and a wood shingled . . . Map (db m180660) HM
49 Michigan, Saginaw County, St. Charles — St. Charles Veterans Memorial
Let Us Hold In Sacred Memory Those From This Community Who Bravely Fought And Gave Their Lives In The Service Of Our CountryMap (db m180645) WM
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Oct. 3, 2023